American White Oak

American White Oak (Quercus Spp) May reach 100′ in height and have a trunk of 36” in diameter. The lumber planks are on average 4’ – 14’ long and 4” – 12” wide.

Distribution: Appalachia, Eastern U.S.A. and South Eastern Canada.

General Characteristics Flat Sawn: Varies in color from pale yellow-brown to biscuit with a pinkish tint, similar to European oak. Sapwood is white to cream. Appalachian oak is slow grown producing lightweight, mild wood, but southern states produce fast grown oak with wider growth rings, and a harder, tougher timber. Medium to coarse textured, with a distinction between the evolution of early wood (light) and summer wood (dark). The growth rings are easily discernible as “U” or “V” shaped lines.

Hardness/Janka: Janka: 1210 (6% softer than Northern red oak)

Grain: Open, with longer rays than red oak, occasional crotches, swirls and burls. Boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance, commonly called cathedral. Variations within species & grades: Moderate variation among boards in color and grain texture, the wider and longer the board, the richer the range. The anatomy of your floor is as unique as your own DNA.

  • Board 1 represents a wide perfectly flawless sample of white Oak.
    Boards 2 & 3 are more typical of average sawn White Oak lumber. Board 3 shows white sapwood along the edges of the piece. Board 4 is dark and mixed in color.
    Board 4 shows a large round grub hole along with numerous knots. Lumber from these trees can have pin knots and shot holes.

Customized Species & Grades: Infinite possibilities available to achieve a look as unique as you.

Quercus Spp – Alba: Stains and polishes to a good finish. however, during the finishing process, tannin’s at the surface can react with some liquids to turn the wood green or brown. European techniques and oils can blur the differentiation between centuries old chateau planks to your newly minted North American oak floor.  Available in solid or engineered planks up to 13″ wide.

Distinctions: Wide plank hardwood flooring shows well when hand scraped/distressed and/or sculpted , wire brushed, fuming/scorching, patterns, pegging, smooth sawn, bleaching and French bleed Stains and polishes to a good finish. Machined edges 2 sides or 4 with bevel, radius or square edge. Distinguished by broken, pillowed, or Cajun corners with worm holes. Customized wear patterns are achieved by first assembling the floor off site and  a team of craftsmen crawl over the planks hand hewing a million little wear patterns; each scrape has an individual depth, width, and length, as would an antique foot worn floor.